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Friday, July 18, 2003

In another attempt to distance themselves from the US, the French government has banned the word "email" from their lexicon. Ah, the French. Always picking the wrong battles to fight. At least one person is in opposition:
"The word 'courriel' is not at all actively used," Marie-Christine Levet, president of French Internet service provider Club Internet, said Friday. "E-mail has sunk in to our values." She said Club Internet wasn't changing the words it uses. "Protecting the language is normal, but e-mail's so assimilated now that no one thinks of it as American," she said. "Courriel would just be a new word to launch."

Her last point is an admission that this silliness is more anti-Americanism rather than an attempt to preserve French culture. Why am I not surprised?

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